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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (December 24) released the latest grading of water quality for four gazetted beaches that are open all year round for swimming (see Note).

     Three beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and one as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:           
Deep Water Bay Beach Silverstrand Beach
Golden Beach  
Grade 2 beach is:
Clear Water Bay Second Beach  
     Under the present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades, namely Good (Grade 1), Fair (Grade 2), Poor (Grade 3) and Very Poor (Grade 4), according to the level of E. coli in the water. Grades are calculated on the basis of the geometric mean of the E. coli counts on the five most recent sampling occasions.

     A summary of beach grades is published weekly before the weekend. The latest beach grades based on the most current data may be obtained from the EPD's website on Beach Water Quality (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Note: In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced that all gazetted beaches were closed from December 10 until further notice.
Ends/Thursday, December 24, 2020
Issued at HKT 16:00
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